The Hormonal System – Conditions

If you can:

  1. Turn the power on (this is a balanced nervous system)
  2. Get the communication excellent (this is a balanced hormonal system),
  3. Get the nutrients in the cells (this is a balanced digestive system) and
  4. Get the toxins and waste products out from the cells (this is a balanced elimination system).

Then you can heal from any symptom, condition or disease. ANY of them!

Balance the Hormonal System Naturally.

Your hormonal system is what carries the nervous system information to the actual organs, glands, tissues and cells of the body. It is the brain/body communication.

This means the following:

  • Pituitary- master control of the hormonal system.  It is a part of the critical HPA axis- Hypothalamus in the brain is the sensor or thermostat reading the internal environment. When is senses a change is necessary it sends messages to the pituitary which then send messages out to the rest of the hormonal glands.
  • Pineal- controls sleep and immune function.
  • Thyroid- this is your furnace of your metabolism that runs you. Low fire=low enzyme activity=low health and vitality.
  • Thymus-this is the heart of your immune system.
  • Pancreas- this is your digestion source and blood sugar control center.
  • Adrenals- this is where energy and immunity begin.
  • Female/Male hormones- energy and vitality but not artificially induced or else you will have to pay the price.

Hormones

  • Melatonin – balances your immune system and metabolism (to keep the fire burning so all enzymes and metabolic pathway perform to perfection) – this is all controlled by light and dark cycles.
  • Insulin control brain chemistry and dopamine and serotonin levels that in turn affect your behavior and mood.
  • When one goes out of balance they all go out of balance.
  • Melatonin affects the pituitary gland function.
  • Pituitary gland makes part or all of most of your hormones. When it is thrown out of balance it will affect your:
    • Thyroid - metabolism, energy.
    • Thymus - immune function.
    • Pancreas - blood sugar, appetite, immune function.
    • Adrenals - stress management, pain control, immune function.
    • Ovaries/testes - reproduction, anti-aging.

In the order of endocrine command, the hypothalamus is the body’s CEO, orchestrating the events of the rest of the endocrine system.

The hypothalamus also initiates part of the adrenal stress response, causing the pituitary to secrete the hormone that travels to the adrenal glands to stimulate secretion of cortisol,

Adrenal and other hormonal gland dysfunctions can cause some of the above symptoms and more, including cravings for sweets, weight gain, allergies, heart palpitations, insomnia, depression, fatigue, poor memory, foggy thinking, headaches, nervousness, inability to concentrate, recurrent infections and glucose intolerance.

One very damaging adrenal dysfunction is excessive cortisol production, which causes, among other serious problems, increased calcium mobilization from the bones, leading to osteoporosis, or loss of bone density. In a person with a healthy stress response, excessive levels of cortisol are automatically buffered. Constant stress destroys this feedback loop.

Hormonal imbalances compromise not only physical health but also psychological health, manifesting as problems ranging from depression to panic disorder

The Chain Reaction of One Gland Affecting all others

HYPOTHALAMUS- BRAIN/BODY SENSOR

  • Pituitary -makes most of the hormones or precursors of most of the hormones in the body. Pituitary imbalance causes thyroid imbalance or dysfunction.
  • Thyroid gland -causes the metabolism to slow and the body temperature will start to decrease. All enzymes for all cellular function that maintain your life are dependent on the 98.6 degrees F. As this decreases you decrease your immune system response, you decrease function of all other organs and glands, you gain weight, your bowels slow down, your thoughts become foggy, scattered, your memory fails.
  • Thymus gland -this is next in the endocrine connection. Decreased melatonin will affect a decrease in the immune function of the thymus causing either hyper (overactive) or hypo (underactive) immunity. T cells are the killer cells that get rid of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus and cancer cells.
  • Adrenal glands -secrete adrenaline to prepare you for action, to give you energy and to boost your immune system, prevent pain. Less dark sleep = sick, tired and in pain, dysfunctional and drained, dis-ease in the making.

Thyroid Gland

Referral pain area: neck and or upper back pain

Symptoms:

Hypoactive

  • Tend to be cold all the time
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Tend to catch colds easily
  • Constipation
  • Overweight
  • Tired, sluggish
  • Want to sleep a lot
  • Coarse, dry, brittle hair

Hyperactive

  • Tend to be hot all the time
  • Hot hands and feet
  • Loose bowels/diarrhea
  • Underweight
  • Hyperactive
  • Cannot sleep/insomnia

Adrenals

Referral pain area – Headaches, Mid and/or lower back pain

Talks with symptoms:

Common Causes of Adrenal Stress:

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Worry/anxiety
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Overwork/ physical or mental strain
  • Excessive exercise
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Light-cycle disruption
  • Going to sleep late)
  • Surgery
  • Trauma/injury
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Chronic infection
  • Chronic pain
  • Temperature extremes
  • Toxic exposure
  • Malabsorption
  • Maldigestion
  • Chronic illness
  • Chronic-severe allergies
  • Hypogycemia
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Associated Symptoms and Consequences Of Impaired Adrenals

  • Low body temperature
  • Weakness
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty building muscle
  • Irritability
  • Mental depression
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Apprehension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Excessive hunger
  • Tendency towards inflammation
  • Moments of confusion
  • Indigestion
  • Poor memory
  • Feelings of frustration
  • Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  • Osteoporosis
  • auto-immune hepatitis
  • auto-immune diseases
  • Lightheadedness
  • Palpitations [heart fluttering]
  • Dizziness that occurs upon standing
  • Poor resistance to infections
  • Low blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Food and/or inhalant allergies
  • PMS
  • Craving for sweets
  • Dry and thin skin
  • Headaches
  • Scanty perspiration
  • Alcohol intolerance

Hypoadrenal function

  1. Sensitive to exhaust fumes, smoke, smog, petrochemicals
  2. Periodic constipation
  3. Cannot tolerate much exercise
  4. Depression or rapid mood swings
  5. dark circles under the eyes
  6. Dizziness upon standing
  7. Lack of mental alertness
  8. Catch colds easily when weather changes
  9. Headaches
  10. Difficulty breathing
  11. Water retention
  12. Eyes sensitive to bright light
  13. Feel weak and shaky

What Cortisol Does

  • Mobilizes and increases amino acids, the building blocks of protein, in the blood and liver.
  • Stimulates the liver to convert amino acids to glucose, the primary fuel for energy production.
  • Stimulates increased glycogen in the liver. Glycogen is the stored form of glucose.
  • Mobilizes and increases fatty acids in the blood (from fat cells) to be used as fuel for energy production.
  • Counteracts inflammation and allergies.
  • Prevents the loss of sodium in urine and thus helps maintain blood volume and blood pressure.
  • Maintains resistance to stress (e.g., infections, physical trauma, temperature extremes, emotional trauma, etc.).
  • Maintains mood and emotional stability.

Excess Cortisol/Decreased

  • Diminishes cellular utilization of glucose.
  • Increases blood sugar levels.
  • Decreases protein synthesis.
  • Increases protein breakdown that can lead to muscle wasting.
  • Causes demineralization of bone that can lead to osteoporosis.
  • Interferes with skin regeneration and healing.
  • Causes shrinking of lymphatic tissue
  • Diminishes lymphocyte numbers and functions
  • Lessens SIgA (secretory antibody productions). This immune system suppression may lead to increased susceptibility to allergies, infections, and degenerative disease.

Thymus/Spleen

Referral pain area

Thymus-Chest pain, heart area pain, mid back pain

Spleen-left mid abdominal pain, left flank pain, left middle back pain, left shoulder, arm or hand pain.

Talks with symptoms:

  • Catch colds or flu easily
  • Heal slowly from injuries, wounds or colds/flus
  • Gums bleed
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sore throats
  • Cold sores/fever blisters
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Ear infections
  • Hair grows slowly or falls out
  • Loss of smell
  • Runny nose – bumpy skin on the back of arms

Pancreas

Referral pain area is mid back pain, left shoulder blade pain, left shoulder, arm, hand or neck pain (the primary organ in High blood sugar, and Leaky Gut, along with the Small Intestine)

Pancreas (hormonal-Endocrine) low blood sugar

  • Dizziness when standing suddenly
  • Sugar cravings
  • Headaches that are relieved when sugar or alcohol are consumed
  • Shakiness, jitteriness
  • You wake up craving sweets in the night
  • Tired, weak or shaky feeling if you miss a meal.
  • Need to drink coffee to get going in the morning
  • Impatient, moody and nervousness
  • Tired feeling 1-3 hours after eating
  • Poor memory
  • Feeling faint
  • Poor concentration

High blood sugar

  • Night sweats
  • Very thirsty, wake up during the night to drink water
  • Fatigued in general
  • Crave sweets but even when you eat them your symptoms don’t improve Increased healing time

Next stop is pancreatitis, diabetes, pancreatic cancer

The Importance of Three Glands and One Organ

  1. Adrenals – The hormones adrenaline and cortisol which are secreted prepare us to handle stress and prevent low blood sugar.  When these glands are over worked by mental/emotional stress, physical stress and dietary stress they become exhausted.  This then triggers the low blood sugar symptoms of: depression, irritability, fatigue, inability to concentrate, headache.
  2. Pancreas – Secretes the hormone insulin which takes excess sugar from the blood and stores it in the cells.  Once again if the diet is too high in refined sugars, flours, pastas and other starches, the pancreas gets overworked eventually exhausted and diabetes results.

Pancreas – secretes insulin, regulates blood sugar; secretes amylase, lipase and protease to digest starch, fat and protein. If your pancreas does not secrete enough digestive enzymes you do not digest your food which produces the compounded problem of toxicity and deficiency (Leaky Gut Syndrome). Blood sugar maintenance is critical to optimal health.  If it is too high bacteria, viruses, parasites, candida and cancer can result.  If it is too low dizziness, lightheadedness, brain fog, headaches, shakiness, hormonal imbalances, anxiety/depression and ADD can result.

  1. Liver – This is where the major problem starts with blood sugar and cholesterol problems.  A healthy liver has the ability to store and release simple digested sugars like glucose a little at a time as the body requires.  The problem comes when a person dumps too much refined sugar and starch into the liver at one time.  The load is too great so the excess pours into the general blood and, in turn, exhausts the pancreas and adrenals.  Also the liver is usually so overloaded with chemical and environmental toxins that its function is reduced.
  2. Thyroid – this is your organ of metabolism, when in balance (neither running too high, too hot or too low, too cold) your immune system is maintained, your digestion is good, your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol tend to be normal.  Studies have shown that calorie restriction (which is the only scientifically proven way to increase longevity) causes the metabolism to decrease to the low optimum range which cause increase in immunity, healing and health.

Symptoms of Male/Female Hormonal System Imbalance:

Males:

  1. Difficulty urinating
  2. A sense of bladder fullness
  3. Increased straining with smaller and smaller amounts of urine passed
  4. Rose colored (bloody) urine
  5. Pain or burning while urinating
  6. Wake up to urinate at night
  7. Dripping after urination
  8. Pain or fatigue in the legs or back
  9. Lack of sex drive

Females

  1. Monthly weight gain
  2. Depression
  3. Moodiness/irritability
  4. Bloating and swelling
  5. Nausea and/or vomiting
  6. Suicidal feeling
  7. Anxiety
  8. Leg cramps and tenderness
  9. Asthma attacks
  10. Headaches
  11. easily distracted
  12. Anger
  13. Tender breasts
  14. Low backache
  15. Vaginal itching
  16. Vaginal discharge
  17. Low or no desire for sex
  18. Dislike for intercourse
  19. Missed periods
  20. Over 15 years of age and have not begun menstruation
  21. Unable to get pregnant
  22. Miscarriages
  23. Abortion
  24. Low abdominal pain
  25. Dull ache radiating to low back or legs
  26. increased urinary frequency
  27. pelvic soreness
  28. Diarrhea
  29. Headaches
  30. Abdominal bloating
  31. menstrual pain
  32. Nausea and/or vomiting
  33. Have to lie down on first 1 or 2 days of period
  34. Craving for sweets
  35. Insomnia
  36. Light scanty blood flow
  37. Pain and cramps without blood flow
  38. heavy menstrual bleeding
  39. Anxiety about menstrual cycle
  40. Pain during period is progressively getting worse with time.
  41. Vaginal bumps and sores
  42. Pubic area sore
  43. Ovarian cysts
  44. Uterine cysts
  45. fibroid tumors
  46. Pain in ovaries
  47. Breast lumps
  48. Breasts sore to touch
  49. Breasts painful
  50. water retention
  51. Swollen feeling
  52. Premenstrual breast pain or discomfort
  53. Mother used DES (hormones) while pregnant
  54. Recent pap smear positive
  55. Family history of breast cancer
  56. Hot flashes
  57. Night sweats
  58. Hysterectomy
  59. Depression/Mood swings
  60. Insomnia
  61. Craving for sweets
  62. Heavy bleeding two weeks/month
  63. Sweating throughout day
  64. Dryness of skin, hair and vagina
  65. Painful intercourse
  66. Vaginal pain
  67. Osteoporosis (bone loss)

Sleep Connections

  • Sleeping controls hormone production.
  • Hormone production controls stress and appetite.
  • Stress and appetite control reproduction.
  • Reproduction controls aging.

Sleep and Hormones

Loss of sleep not only affects at least 11 different hormones in the body, it also affects neurotransmitter production especially dopamine and serotonin. This directly affects mental/emotional health.

Hormones of the Dark

Short hours of dark sleep reduce:

  • Melatonin secretion – this decreases white blood cell immune function.
  • Decreased prolactin at night causes a decrease in T cell and NK cell production; also this means too much prolactin during the day which causes autoimmune disease and carbohydrate cravings.
  • Increased insulin levels – they remain high when they should drop to zero at night – this causes over production and eventual exhaustion -diabetes or excessive sugar in the blood to feed the pathogens.
  • Increased cortisol levels at night cause decreased levels for the next day – this means less stress resistance, less pain tolerance.
  • Dopamine (a neurotransmitter that controls thought processes and emotional response) is cortisol dependent. Without cortisol your dopamine is low so you can experience brain fog, memory loss and cognitive dysfunction and motor function loss.
  • Remember melatonin is not secreted when any lights are on; this means ANY light, even as dim as a candle.
  • When melatonin is not secreted due to not enough sleep (DARK), this throws off all the other hormonal glands. It is a chain reaction. A blockage in one causes a blockage in all

Causes of hormonal symptoms and diseases include:

  • Nervous system imbalances
  • Toxicity from the environment- heavy metals -mercury and general toxins
  • Toxicity from food- mercury, excitotoxins, MSG, nutrasweet, toxic byproducts from maldigestion
  • Toxicity/deficiency
    • Exotoxins are from the environment-house dust contains 33 chemical that cause breast cancer
    • Endotoxins from maldigestion
  • Allergies to environmental elements
  • Digestive imbalances-Leaky gut syndrome, causing toxicity and inflammation
  • Dysfunction in the nervous/immune system-causing organ gland dysfunction, inflammation and disease
  • Lack of 9.5 hours of dark sleep
  • Lack of sunlight -30 minutes/day
  • Cooked/toxic food
  • Dehydration
  • Low oxygen
  • Mental/emotional stress